Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Joining the Hodge~Podge Gang


Joining Joyce's Hodge Podge Wednesday just as soon as I get going around here... 

1. June is National Great Outdoors Month. Have you spent any time appreciating the great outdoors this month? If so where, and if 
not do you have any plans to enjoy the great outdoors before the calendar turns?
  
Yes, every good day finds me out, even if it is only puttering in the yard.
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2. What's a current hot button issue for you? 

The biggest one is always the mind-numbing prattle that substitutes for reporting the news on both the national and local levels. If my 
local station spends another ten minutes tonight on the Hill Rod Clint candidacy, as they have in the past two, I may come
unhinged. And, another thing, I don't care how many times they tell me that love is a many splendored thing, marriage is between a 
man and a woman, by definition, across time and cultures. Period.
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3. What's a food or treat that 'disappears like hotcakes' in your house?

Hmmm...so many...difficult to choose. I notice that the stewed rhubarb is not one of them, though.
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4. How hot is too hot? 
80°
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5. Do you have an artistic outlook on life? What does that mean to you? 

At first glance, that would seem doubtful. Not sure what that means, though, so guess I'm off the hook for this one. 
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6. What's one question you'd like to ask your father or one you wish you could ask your father?
 
Will the circle be unbroken? That's the question I'd ask.
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7. Something you learned from your father? 

My father always taught my sister and me not to believe everything we were told nor everything we read nor even everything we saw.
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8. Insert your own random thought here. 

I have been re-reading To Kill A Mockingbird. Early on, right in chapter 1, there is a 
wonderful description...

Somehow it was hotter then... Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o'clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with 
frostings of sweat and sweet talcum. 

I've a peony that has slumped and reminds me of a teacake itself.  
 ~slumped~

This kind of heat reminded me of what so many of you have been telling me, minus the sweat and sweet talcum.☺
 
~really slumped~


Thanks for reading and pop by *Hodge Podge Wednesday,* if you have the chance. Joyce always has great questions and the participants 
have fun responses. 



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48 comments:

  1. The best line ever written.....from To Kill A Mocking Bird! What a fun post Vee! I agree with every statement...period! Hugs!

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  2. I usually run from these question and answer sessions, but I read yours. I found them interesting as only you could make them. We agree on the definition of marriage and must have similar temperature gauges. Stewed rhubarb? Really?

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  3. I enjoyed reading your Hodge Podge. I've never read "To Kill a Mockingbird". What an interesting quote! Have a great day.

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    1. Treat yoursel! It's a wonderful book.

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    2. Oh it is one of the best for sure - totally agree!

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  4. "After their 3 o'clock naps"....Hmmmm...seems they had the right idea! :)

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  5. Yep, my Dad said the same thing to me...enjoyed your Hodgepodge, glad you joined in. Blessings

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  6. Good answers this morning. Above 80 is too hot for me as well. Not a fan of rhubarb but my FIL surely was....he liked it with strawberries, and loved rhubarb pie. Politics - phooey! Stay cool today!

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  7. Funny, but my dad had the same advice for me. Must be generational. Great to see you joining Hodgepodge today!

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  8. I enjoyed your answers! I thought about popping on today....haven't joined in a while...maybe next week, lol. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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  9. Your hot button about the news reporting is certainly a good one. Although I do not agree with your view, I agree that the news programs are rarely about reporting and are more about pushing an agenda, or sensationalizing. On both sides. It's hard to find "just the facts" anymore.

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  10. I had decided to reread it this year too! It's been years. I think I would have a greater appreciation for it now than when I was a teenager.

    Good Hodge Podge!

    Deanna

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  11. Oh my, I was told the same thing by my parents, it's so true. I enjoyed your Hodge Podge answers!
    Have a great day!
    Nancy

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  12. Beautiful peony! I read TKAM aloud to my dad shortly before he died. It's one of the best. That reminds me, Harper Lee has another book after all these years. Gotta check that out. Sounds like your dad gave you a healthy skepticism. I'm hoping mine doesn't become cynicism. Have a beautiful day. I'll give you fresh strawberries if you pop in today.

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    1. It lends itself beautifully to being read aloud...

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  13. Such delicious words. Will you read her 'new' book when it's released?

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  14. I'm with you ~ 80° is too hot!

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  15. What a fun post Vee. Oh I amening and amening on Marriage!!!! Don't even get me started sister! I will be preaching. LOL! I do plan on a family beach trip in August to Palm Coast Area and for me....80ish degree is up is TOO MUCH! Happy Wednesday! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  16. If 80* is too hot, don't travel to SE Georgia right now. :) Our heat index today will be 106*!! Yipes! If I was rich I'd have a summer house in Maine. I enjoyed the answers. AMEN on the marriage. Only a fool would believe otherwise. Our chain is broken since my adopted father would never profess Christ. In fact, he seemed to actively despise our Lord. Sad, isn't it. Aw, well, c'est la vie. Hope your day is perky not drooping. ~:)

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  17. Interesting answers to this Hodge Podge. Love your slumping peony - looks like a crumpled ball gown. I'm with you on the marriage issue and the drivel that passes for news these days. Ours is different from yours, but still inane.

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  18. Well, first it's 95-degrees today, so I'm a little crabby and as much as you're despising Clinton news...all we're getting is Donald Trump; sorry, but a big YUCK on that! Love "To Kill a Mockingbird" and have wondered why our state bird is a Cardinal and not a Mockingbird--I see tons more of them! Please someone send us some rain, my garden is wilting and now I'm even crabbier, XOXO

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  19. Okay, #3 too funny! Had a few laughs over that answer. Enjoyed your answers!

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  20. Loved your answers! We are 99 this afternoon it is hot!

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  21. I like Sparky's idea of having a summer home in Maine....she and I can ride together! It's 100 today here in north GA. I'm sick of Bruce Jenner; I don't know why he is newsworthy. I love your peony blooms.

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  22. You and I expressed similar thoughts on the hot button question. There are so many issues regarding our country that I find very distressful and down right aggravating and frightful, but I also understand the time we live in and know it will only get worse. So good to meet you on the Hodgepodge today.

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  23. I get all the rhubarb for myself cause Ken isn't that crazy about it.
    To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books. My granddaughter Scout is named after the little girl in the book.

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    1. Oh is her name Jean Louise? (Scout's real name.) I have a friend named Scout. Maybe she's reading today.

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  24. I must reread TKAM! Loved reading your Hodge Podge answers to the interesting questions.

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  25. I always love reading Hodge Podge posts. One learns so much about the writer.

    80 degrees sounds hot enough for me too. "The older I get, the narrower my window of acceptable temperatures." (That is a quote from my friend's sister with which I heartily agree!)

    Yes, to your definition of marriage. It is amazing that the definition of marriage has even become a question! This world is crazy. I am glad to be a sojourner...

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  26. I'm with you on the artistic life!

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  27. Vee, what a fun read. It's 80 degrees right now and feels like spring compared to the heat of yesterday. No, you would not like our summer at all! To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite reads. Harper Lee sure knows how to write. ♥

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  28. Agreed right down the list. I swear they could do the news in 10 minutes TOPS if they would just stop all the mindless chatter and editorializing, oh and the stupid filler stories. 80 is too hot for me too, I'm a delicate flower and have a comfort range of about 9 degrees, (66 - 75) depending on humidity.

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  29. Enjoyed reading your Hodge-podges. It would be fun to try sometime.Everything is relative. 80 sounds really good to me now.

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  30. Well done . wonderful Hodge Podge post ! My father told me the same thing growing up . My favorite treat is blueberry pie and ice cream , or Greek vanilla yogurt with granola and fresh berries ! I don't watch the news to depressing . Read the book years ago may read again now that you have mentioned it, I have forgotten most of it lol . Marriage is a give and take 50/50 kind of thing for Papa and I ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  31. Oh and my artistic outlook on life is photographing nature and enjoying it then sharing it with others ! !

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  32. Well I love 80 degrees - teehee - it is near a 100 here! I try not to be outside too long then. Sounds like your father taught you some good things. What do you mean asking him if The Circle Will Be Broken? Have a nice day and stay cool!

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  33. Wow, that peony needs some resuscitation! LOL Dry the petals and use them for potpourri, they'll remind you of summer when it's all white outside. (and the luge beckons once again)
    Funny about the stewed rhubarb, I seem to be the only one eating it here when I make it.

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  34. Hey Vee - Peonies don't last very long, do they? They're always the first things to wilt and die in my bouquets... And they're the prettiest! I just love 'em! I haven't read To Kill A Mockingbird in a long time either - I love that description that you included about the heat and ladies bathing so often. I feel like that here, too. Sometimes I shower 2-3 times a day in the summer time. Especially if I've been outside! That passage was beautifully written tho... I'm with you on the clinton thing. I just want to "hurl" every time I see that woman. And I'm 110 % for man/woman marriage. Period. No thank you on stewed rhubarb - I've never tried it, but don't think I want to... :)

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  35. I always learn something new about you. :) 80 is just barely warm by my thermostat. I like it warm...but a little rain to wet things down on occasion would be very welcome! Should I admit that I have never read To Kill a Mockingbird? It's time!

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  36. Hi Vee! I get a kick out reading those questionnairs. It's interesting to see how much alike we all really are. Poor baby flower..it looks like I feel lately! :)
    Mona

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  37. To Kill A Mockingbird. Big sign. Like everything about it.
    Amalia
    xo

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  38. Good to read your answers, not a link up that I have come across before! xx

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  39. Wonderful Hodge Podge Vee. Love the quote from To Kill A Mockingbird, a book I hope to read if I ever remember to buy it.

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  40. I had not run across Hodge Podge Wednesday before but thoroughly enjoyed reading your answers. Who knows, I may try that meme one of these days.

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  41. Like LaTane, above, I haven't been to this party. I loved all your answers and now....I wanna play, too. :)
    Hope I can remember by next Wed.

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  42. Really enjoyed your answers, Vee. And we have much in common. I am going over there now to check the party out - yes I am late but life has been keeping me away. Hugs. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  43. Thoroughly enjoyable to read your answers to the Hodge Podge questions.
    Boy, can I ever relate to that quote right about now. I've also just learned that I need to invest in some sweet talcum. I think my frosting is missing that ingredient :D.

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